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Historic National Road - Pennsylvania- America's first federal highway did more than just connect the eastern seaboard with the western frontier. It served as many settlers' lifeline and eventually as a young nation's major artery for travel and commerce.
Seaway Trail- Traveling the 518-mile Great Lakes Seaway Trail through New York and Pennsylvania takes you along the scenic shoreline of Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

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Description - Pennsylvania has hundreds of miles of scenic roadways that travel to State Parks, State Forests, National Parks and the Allegheny National Forest. The roads travel past major rivers such as the Delaware Scenic River and past the deep gorges of Kinzua Bridge and Lehigh Gorge State Parks. Gettysburg National Military Park is one of the state's most popular driving destinations. The autumn season brings thousands of travels out onto the scenic drives to enjoy the glorious hardwood transition bursting forth their brilliant display of colors.

Attractions - Pennsylvania has hundreds of miles of scenic byways. Many of the byways fall within State Parks, State Forests, National Parks and the Allegheny National Forest. In addition, there are byways that follow major rivers such as the Delaware Scenic River which divides Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The fall season lends itself to leaf lookers while the summer months experience high use within National Parks (historic sites and monuments), State Forests and State Parks.

Recreation - Viewing Pennsylvania's gorgeous scenery can easily be enjoyed from the seat of a vehicle. Many of the scenic roads travel through State Parks, State Forests, by National Historic Sites and Monuments and through the Allegheny National Forest. These roads offer an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the rolling landscape which offers hundreds of access points from which the visitor may hike, mountain bike, fish, horseback ride, cross-country ski and much more.

Climate - Pennsylvania has four distinct seasons and recreationists can find good in each one. Summer is usually hot and humid often extending from late May into September. Expect temperatures in the southeastern part of the state to reach 90 degrees F frequently. Temperatures in the Northern and western areas of the state are slightly cooler. Summer lows usually don't dip below 60 degrees F.

Winter temperatures average between 25 degrees and 45 degrees F in southeastern Pennsylvania. The west and mountains receive colder temperatures that average between -10 degrees and 35 degrees F. Spring and fall are excellent times to visit the state as temperatures are mild with little humidity. Spring brings a variety of wildflowers and shrubs into bloom and fall color displays of deciduous trees draw many to the forests of the state.

Location - Scenic drives within Pennsylvania range from the Allegheny National Forest in the northwestern area of the state all the way to the eastern state line along the Delaware Scenic River. From the rolling mountains within the Laurel Highlands all the way to the deep beautiful gorges of PA's Grand Canyon, lend themselves to leisurely drives.


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Pennsylvania Bureau of Travel Marketing, 453 Forum Building , Harrisburg, PA, 17120, Phone: 717-787-5453

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Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania is a large state by eastern standards with approximately 4.5 million acres of public land. The state maintains 116 state parks of natural, historical and cultural interest. Within the last few years, a major initiative to turn abandoned railways into trails has resulted in 84 multi-use trails.

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Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

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